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Buenos Aires has one of the smallest rates of green space per capita, and what's left is under threat of commercial development. Neighbourhood groups are leading the fight to defend them, but with so many battles to wage, might the government's divide-and-conquer strategy be winning out?

Henrik Valeur presents a well-developed proposal to turn one "sector" in Chandigarh into a car-free area, and the confused behaviour of the authorities attempting to implement the idea.

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Medellín: an urban facelift that's more than skin deep

Eye-catching new architecture is emblematic of MedellĂ­n's transformation, but behind it is a program of social and physical interventions and security improvements as Flavie Halais reports.

How can we reimagine public space in Beirut?

How can we reimagine a public space divided by civil war, sectarianism and redevelopment? Rather than sophisticated urban design, Tanya Gallo argues that allowing public space to retain its indeterminacy will keep it accessible for all citizens.

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